Desktop PC – Call Me a Dinosaur!

touchpcPC technology is truly amazing.  Apple has just released its watch computer with virtually every app you might want, and others that you may download.  Everyone has a tablet and is coveting an iPhone 6, in order to be fully “computerized” wherever s/he may be on the planet.  We can draw, paint, develop a graph or chart in a minute, and have complex statistical formulas spit out data and analysis within seconds.  Voice commands allow disabled individuals to write and email, and Siri is an amazing personal assistant.

I love the new technology and have participated in it almost as rapidly as it has become available.  I have read and viewed amazing text and videos about technology of the future and am an avid follower of all technology “shows” that present the newest innovations.  It’s exciting!

I also love my traditional PC which sits in my home, nestled into a functional desk, facing a wonderfully comfortable chair.  Attached to it is my printer/fax/copy machine, a 20-inch flat screen monitor and an ergonomically beneficial keyboard.  Every few years, I upgrade the PC, just as I upgrade my phone and my tablet, and I am able to use all of the features and apps on my PC that I can on my other devices.  And, more important, here is why I believe that the desktop PC will not go away in the near future:

  1. A large screen is simply critical for a number of functions.  When large amounts of data are to be displayed, the ability to see them on a screen larger than 8.5 inches is certainly preferable.
  2. Some graphic design and 3D modelling requires two monitors – try hooking them up to a tablet!
  3. Fat-fingered people do not enjoy the touch screens of tablets and iPhones and must therefore carry around a stylus – something that is as easily lost as a pen!
  4. Gaming on laptops and tablets is something I frequently see at airports and on airplanes.  I also see lots of frustration on the part of seasoned gamers, as they adjust to a small screen.
  5. Speaking of gamers, customization is a huge factor for serious players.  Currently, the customizations that gamers want/need for their play cannot be obtained on other than a traditional PC.  Building one’s own desktop PC with very specific components is still a valuable asset.
  6. Some apps, specifically Office, AutoCAD, and Photoshop just work better with a mouse and a keyboard.
  7. I worry about holding a lot of information and data on my portable devices.  If the device is lost or stolen, I can certainly wipe, but I lose anything before the last backup. If the device is destroyed, and I have not backed it up through cloud storage, I’m “dead.”
  8. Most companies do not want their information and data carried out of their facilities.  Allowing personnel to work on mobile devices increases the risk of data and confidential information being compromised.

What I want to experience are some of the great innovations of the traditional desktop PC about which I am now hearing.  Intel continues to develop a “Smart TV” – a home computer mounted on the wall, with the options of a full touch screen or traditional wireless keyboards and other devices.  It also has a smaller mobile version with a 20-inch screen, and, as it continues to work on decreasing the weight, this will be a great option for home computing.  And, they can be customized!  There is even talk of a coffee table model – how fun could that become!

My mobile devices are convenient and quite functional – I couldn’t do without them.  But I will always want a larger, more standard PC of some type at home, even if I use it sometimes to rest my feet!

Bio: Eleanor Brooks was a freelance journalist prior to joining Essay Warriors writing service over a decade ago. She currently writes content for blogs, article directories, social media, and helps students with writing papers.

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